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CIIC 22. Colbinstown IV, Co. Kildare

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© 2018-10-10

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KD032-044004-

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The site, a gravel mound known as Killeen Cormac (Cell Ingen Cormaic/Cell Fhine Cormaic?) is classified as a 'Burial Ground', but may be regarded as an important early ecclesiastical site. A recent geophysical survey of the site (Greene 2013, 26-47) shows traces of a trivallate enclosure of which the burial ground is just the nucleus of a much more extensive early Christian foundation. Seven ogham stones were originally found at this site, at least one of which was broken up and re-used in the construction of a surrounding wall in the late 19th century (Macalister 1945, 26). One of the ogham stones, currently on display in the National Museum of Ireland, is a bilingual stone (rare in Ireland) with both an ogham inscription and one in Latin (CIIC. 19 Colbinstown I).


One of originally seven ogham stones, 'silurian grit' (1.6m x 0.48m x 0.41m) (converted from Macalister 1945, 26).


'The scores are chisel-cut, and are in good condition except for wear and some fractures. The beginning is lost...The letters before the present beginning must have been vowels and B consonants, for the H-surface is intact and shows no marking. The stone reads up to the dexter edge as far as the C: after that it turns on to the top. A fracture at the corner has carried off the OI: only A, I, of the second name remain' ' (Macalister 1945, 26-7). While the remains of a few vowel notches are possible on the top of the stone, these are far from clear. Also, although there is little doubt about the reading of MUC[OI], only partial scores survive for the C because of the fracture here at the top of the stone.


[ ... ]EGNI KOI MAQI ṂUC̣[/OI] Ạ[ ... ]Ị[ ... ]


'... here, son of the descendant of ...'


  • cf. CIIC 48. Donard: IAKINI KOI MAQI MUC....

  • 'KOI, which is invariably written with the first supplementary character (see Ogham alphabet) and is alone among formula words in not being attested later, has been explained as a word defining locality, 'here', analogous to HIC IACIT in the British inscriptions though it is never used in these ' (McManus 1991, 119).



'found almost completely buried, on the side of the mound just to the west of the entrance gate' (Macalister and Praeger 1929, 257-8) at Killeen Cormac in the townland of Colbinstown and barony of Narragh and Reban East. (GPS coordinates -6.761012, 53.028493)


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Last Recorded

Re-erected just inside the modern entrance to the graveyard. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.

History of Recording

Discovered during excavation of the site in 1929 (Macalister and Praeger 1929, 257).


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